Christmas can be an incredibly busy and stressful time of year, especially if you are fed up with overconsumption and consumer culture. There are ways of making small changes for the better though. One field for improvement is the holiday gifts. There are different “levels” of conscious consumption in my book, below you can read about them.
The optimal choice is to not give anything. At least not material. Great things you can gift people that are not material:
- donate in their name
- gift card for service they use or need (like Spotify, Netflix, maybe some clothing subscription?)
- gift them time to do something with you. Maybe you are a great chef? Well why don’t you gift them a 3-course dinner at your place. They love hiking? Plan a weekend hike to do together!
- gift an experience. They want to learn pottery? How about you give them a class for x-mas! Want to learn a language? Sign them up for classes or buy a subscription to Babbel!
If you still feel that you want to gift something physical, try to make something yourself. A lot of times it is more appreciated, since it requires time and love. One year I made my grandma a knitted headband for winter. She cried for like 20 minutes because she was so happy for it. And I made a felt Ipad case for my dad one year, he still uses it to protect the screen!
What if you want to git something physical and you suck at any kind of crafts or similar? Well then I say give stuff that is sustainable and that they actually need. Some ideas for this is:
- Bees wrap – a really practical way of wrapping food that eliminates plastic wrap
- Reusable bottle – because we all know the problem of plastic bottles, don’t we?
- Bamboo utensils – for when they are out on the run and need to eat.
- Produce bags – very handy for grocery shopping, and we all need to buy food!
- Sustainable underwear – you always need new underwear…
- Garment care – e.g. pimp stone for clothes pilling, clothing brush, clothes mists.
- Edible treats – such as homemade granola, truffles, bread mix, sourdough, kombucha starter.